BIMM Brexit Information

For prospective & current students

This page was last updated on 18 May 2020

The UK exited the EU on 31 January 2020 with a withdrawal deal agreed. From 1 February 2020, we moved into a post-Brexit transition period which is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020.

This information was correct at the time of writing and is subject to change. We will keep our pages updated with any developments which may affect you.

The UK may have left the EU, but here at BIMM, we are determined to keep our community of creative students as diverse and vibrant post-Brexit as always. We are committed to being a friendly international community.

And we want to make sure you have all the information you need about Brexit and how it affects you. Whether you’re looking to study at BIMM or are a current student, this page should help answer any questions you may have.

Brexit and prospective students

BIMM receives applications from all over the world. We have representatives and agents in the EU/EEA and other overseas regions.  And last year, we enrolled over 1000 students from overseas countries. We know how important it is that this continues.

That’s why we are continuously developing partnerships abroad to raise awareness of our Degree and Diploma courses, which are recognised worldwide. Our dedicated admissions team will ensure your application process is easy to navigate and that you are well-informed throughout.

Are my course fees affected by Brexit?

There will be no change to the tuition fee status of EU students applying to courses at BIMM Institute starting in 2020-21 and fees will continue to be at the applicable Home fee rate for the duration of your course.

Find out more about ‘home’ fee status eligibility on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.

Will my student loan eligibility be affected?

If you’re starting a course in the 2020-21 academic year, and are eligible under the current rules to receive loans from Student Finance England, you will continue to remain eligible for the duration of your course.

Find out more about student finance eligibility on the UKCISA website.

EU student funding will continue for 2020/21 (announced May 2019)

The Department of Education has announced that EU student funding will continue for the 2020/21 academic year.

This means that if you’re an EU student wanting to start university in 2020, you will remain eligible for undergraduate financial support for the duration of your course in England – just like current UK students. And this will stay in place even if your course finishes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

You’re also eligible for home fee status, meaning you’re charged the same tuition fees as UK students.

Your rights as an EU citizen

To get the latest information on the status of EU citizens in the UK please sign up for email updates from the UK Government.

Brexit and current students 

Are my tuition fees affected by Brexit?

There will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students and fees will continue to be at the applicable Home fee rate for the duration of your course.

Find out more about ‘home’ fee status eligibility on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.

How will Brexit affect my student loans?

If you’re continuing a course in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic year, and are eligible under the current rules to receive loans from Student Finance England, you will continue to remain eligible for the duration of your course.

Find out more about student finance eligibility on the UKCISA website.

Will Brexit affect my ability to stay in the UK? 

Citizens rights’ after the UK leaves the EU

To continue living, working and studying in the UK after the end of the Brexit transition period (31 December 2020), you and your family must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Successful applications will be granted ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status, depending on how long you have been living in the UK.

Those with five years’ continuous residency will be granted settled status and those with less than five years will be granted pre-settled status.

Those granted settled status can stay in the UK as long as they like. Those granted pre-settled status can stay for a further five years from the date they get pre-settled status and can apply for settled status once they reach five years of continuous residency.

With settled or pre-settled status you’ll be able to:

  • Work in the UK
  • Use the National Health Service
  • Enrol in education or continue studying
  • Access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
  • Travel in and out of the UK.

Do I need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?

Students on programmes that end after 31 December 2020

If you arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020 and your programme will end after 31 December 2020, you should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Without settled or pre-settled status, you will no longer have the same residential status in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 and will be required to apply for a visa under the new immigration system which is being introduced from January 2021.

If you have not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, your ability to remain on your programme may be affected after 31 December 2020 until you have applied for a visa.

Note that Irish citizens and students with indefinite leave to remain in the UK do not need to apply.

Students on programmes ending before 31 December 2020

If your programme ends before 31 December 2020, and you are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, it is your choice whether or not you do so. This will depend on your plans after BIMM, and whether you intend to stay living in the UK after 1 January 2021.

However, if you are an EU/EEA/Swiss students and you are eligible to make an application to the Settlement Scheme, we advise you to do so. If you do so, it will keep your options open in case your circumstances or plans change. For example, you may decide that you wish to stay on in the UK for further study, or for a job opportunity.

The settlement scheme is not only for those who intend to remain in the UK long term after studying. It is an immigration permission which will enable those who are here now to stay after Brexit, should they wish to do so.

If you do not secure your status through the EU Settlement Scheme and subsequently decide, after the application deadline, that you wish to remain in the UK, you would need to apply for another immigration status under the new immigration system which is being introduced from January 2021. See further information on the UK Government’s proposals.

The application process has been designed to be easy and user-friendly, and there is no fee.

How do I make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme?

The UK government have produced a step by step guide on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have also produced guidance on how to apply.

Proof of identity

You should use the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app to complete the identity stage of your application.

The app will:

  • check that your identity document is genuine
  • verify that the document belongs to you.

You must use either:

  • Your biometric passport from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
  • Your UK residence card with a biometric chip if you are the non-EU family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.

There is further guidance on using the app on the UK government webpages.

Proof of residence

The Home Office will do checks against other government databases to check that you have been resident in the UK. You will be asked to provide your National Insurance (NI) number, if you have one.

There is no requirement for you to have a NI number or to have worked in the UK to be eligible under the scheme. If you do not have one, the Home Office will ask you for evidence from a list of documents in Annex A of the Home Office guidance on the settlement scheme.

Brexit FAQs

How do I know that I am resident in the UK and eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme?

What is the difference between settled and pre-settled status?

Is the application process different for settled and pre-settled status?

How do I prove my residence?

If I leave the UK, do I lose settled status?

I have dual nationality. Should I apply for settlement status?

If I leave the UK, do I lose settlement status?

How will BIMM keep me updated?

Where can I find further information?

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